El Cedro | Jester King Brewery

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El CedroEl Cedro

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmhouse ale hopped with piney, citrusy American hops, aged on Spanish Cedar spirals, and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally conditioned.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slight opaque neon yellow to orange. Thick white head

S: hops. Some subtle funk. Resin. Oak.

T: some barnyard funk. Hops. Oak.

F: creamy and smooth lovely.

O: for what it is I like it

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a Jester King fan at all. But this is top notch. Beautiful, hoppy, complex, earthy... it's really what I hope for whenever I'm lured into buying a bottle of Jester King. Usually, you end up getting repeatedly punched in the face by yeast. Not the case here. The yeast is there, but it is subtle behind layers of hops and woody-earthy-freshness. These layers take this from a very nice pale ale to a world-class beer. Cheers.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy copper gold color, pours a huge white head that dissipates pretty slowly with lots of fingers of white lacing remaining on the glass.

S: Floral hops, with citrus and pine. A nice aroma of cedar in the background. Hints of Saison yeast and some pepper and spice. Toasted grain and malt in the background.

T: Citrus and floral hops backed up by pine. A nice spice and pepper from the yeast, with a mix of toasted grain and cedar.

F: Light body higher carbonation

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Photo of BigGold
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 25.4-oz. bomber, labeled "BATCH #7 - 10.08.15," and 7.80 ABV, at Growler's Beer, Houston, Texas, into footed tulip. My first Jester King. A very complicated Farmhouse Ale, which may achieve excellence because--or in spite--of the cedar aging.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery Amber color. Aroma is citrus peel and oak. Flavor is slightly bitter citrus and the barrel aged oak flavor. Has a solid body and overall this is very good.

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Photo of Myotus
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 45°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #7- 08Oct15) into a tulip. Consumed on 27Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with 2 fingers worth of dense, off-white foam. At 25 seconds the foam head loses its density and becomes poruous and rocky. At 2 and half minutes, the head has dissipated into a half fingers worth of foam, leaving behind very thick lacing. Orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a moderate amount of medium-sized rising bubbles with a very subtly amount of large rising bubbles. There is also a handful of large bubbles sitting on the bottom of the glass. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of peaches, apricots, mangos, oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines entangle with mild cedar, wheat, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle lemon zest, sour green apple, grass, and hay aromas.
TASTE: The initial flavor is comprised of strong hoppy orange, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors. Strong flavors of hoppy mango, peach, and apricot and mild cedar flavors immediately follow. Mild hay, wheat, and cedar flavors further unveil the taste complexity. Mild grass and bitter hop flavors along with subtle earthy yeast, salt-like mineral, and sour green apple flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: A deliciously complex beer from Jester King. Incredibly hoppy with little sourness. This was unexpected from JK, but the unexpected can be good such as this is.

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Photo of RoddyMedina
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jester King does not disappoint. Ive not had a bad beer from them, but its so damn hard to find a favorite! El Cedro was one of the more hop forward beers I've had from. Great blend of citrus and piney notes. I didn't get as much cedar as i thought id get but it was still there. Fantastic brew all around from Jester King.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A surprisingly delicious hop forward Jester King rendering...Aroma is a blast of bright hop citrus, some pine notes...Smells like a hop forward IPA. Coming through on the flavor is the fresh cedar, reminiscent of cedar plank fish (minus the fish)...which smoothly melds into a medium body and a bit of hop bitterness. Cedar smooths out after a few sips, and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy mother of god is this one hell of a brew.

As with all the beers I've had of theirs, it pours a generous head held up by a pillar of bubbles, a slightly cloudy yellow goldenrod.

They sure aren't kidding about the cedar. Hops and cedar jump right out at the initial uncapping. Then super bright meyer lemon and peppercorn follow intensely and persistently after, with the cedar always present. It's worth noting, while this bottle was seven months old, the style and quality of their brewing has preserved the hop freshness phenomenally.

On the palate, the cedar is less pronounced, which actually turns out to be a positive because I've had beers that are too woody or smoky and it just kills the quaffability. It's a tad more tart and whispy than a typical farmhouse, with some pineapple notes on the back end.

For the most part it's light and fizzy, but becomes softer and fluffier the further towards the bottom of the glass you get.

Overall, such an excellent brew. Normally very hoppy beers aren't my thing, and technically, this has so much going on, it doesn't come across as primarily hoppy. On the other hand, there are a few double IPAs that I've had that exude many of the same properties as this does, namely Konkey Dong and Pliny the Elder. But this beer just can't be compared with anything, so unique, a wonderful experience.

2015 vintage

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #7--bottled 10.08.15

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden Amber with 2 fingers of head with brilliant lacing

Smell: Citrus and fruity hop aromas and yeast esters

Taste: incredible complexity with hop bitterness and citrus zest working with the yeast and funk as well as a slight wood note from the cedar to offset the flavors and bring everything into balance.

Mouthfeel: Well attenuated and refreshing.

Overall: I was blown away by this. So many flavors going on but are all in sync. I can't believe there is that much hop flavor and aroma, yet doesn't over power the delicate yeast and funk going on. A one-of-kind farmhouse ale.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 7 - 10/08/2015

Pours a hazy orange and yellow with tall head of white foam.

Awesome smell of bright citrusy fruit and some funk. Good level of hoppiness.

Taste has a mix of sourness and bitterness, accompanied by funk and sweetness for a very nice variety of characteristics.

The feel of the beer is highlighted by a good level of carbonation.

Overall: This is an awesome beer with a good blend of hops and sourness along with some good funk complexity. In summary, this beer feels like a good big DIPA crossed with a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is huge citrus aroma - lemon peel and tangerine, with a hint of vanilla, some funky undertones, and west coast IPA pine aroma.

Taste is a hoppy saison - candied fruit, orange citrus, and pine resin all come together with a fairly bitter finish. Funkiness is somewhat subdued for being a Brett beer, but another solid JK offering.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured this into a snifter and it poured a nice amber color with nice lacing I take it. you smell the funk and cedar. it gave me about 3 inches of head and you smell the cedar once you pour it. the brew is tasty and its a mellow kind of hoppy with hints of citrus and cedar. overall its an easy drinker and i would like to have this after a bike trip.

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Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. big bomber poured into tulip
(Batch #6 -- July 1, 2015 -- 7.8% ABV -- 56 IBU)

L: brilliantly clear gold ... loads of yellow in the color with just enough peach/amber to get it up to gold (almost SRM 6); pushes up a big fluffy head of white foam, super sticky up top and lacing as it subsides into a nearly full layer of foam for a skin and massive fluffy white collar ... a classic farmhouse beauty

S: very American hoppy ... big citrus/pine notes dominating the now subdued base saison; lots and lots of grapefruit as it warms a little; the thin layer of cedar aroma under the hops is nice, almost pine/pine sap-like but definitely a hint (only a hint) that sharp pungent cedar note that hits you when you open an empty cedar chest

T: BITTER ... easily the most bitter Jester King brew I've tried yet ... just an assault of American hop flavors, citrus, grapefruit, a bit of tropical fruit sweetness, some pine ... like the nose, the grapefruit seems to be the big note for me; only picking up hints of the traditional base JK saison and very little cedar

F: classic JK ... full from carbonation but relatively light otherwise ... great combination that works for just about everything they do

O: this one might truly be the most non-JK beer I've tried -- if such a thing as an American double IPA acting as a gateway beer exists, this might be it, for it's in almost every way tasting, smelling and acting like a big American double IPA; the JK farmhouse notes, especially the musty barn, are almost totally subdued by the big hops. it's not what I love about Jester King, but at the same time it's also a fantastic beer and proof that those gals and guys on the little hill outside Austin can do whatever they want and pull it off. if you love American hops, treat yourself to this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cool pour madeof an amalgamation of copper, gold and orange. Gives a thin off white head. Brett and cedar all over the aroma. Plenty of hops to then join that one. Centennial and cascade I'd guess.

Taste leans just as much ipa as it does saison. Always stays pretty involved approaching complex with the primary flavor drivers being the hops, cedar and brett. Yeast just doesn't jump into that mix as much as the other three.

Will look for this one again.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great farmhouse from the guys at JK. It has a ton of nice hoppy flavors which pair well with the traditional farmhouse yeast funk. There is a little subtle sourness, but overall this drinks more funky than anything.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

All that copper, orange and yellow together at last. Around 1/3" head.

Wow, that cedar really pops in the aroma. Brett too. Hops are no slouch in the aroma department either. Impressive.

The hops, brett and cedar have some great interplay here. Carbonation just right to carry the mouthfeel into excellent territory. Nothing overwhelms or overshadows the other. Mild pepper aspect.

Really complex. Big thanks to koufax21 for bringing this gem, I will definitely continue to try and score a bottle every year.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps it is silly to critique a cedar-infused beer for having too much cedar, but it is incredibly overpowering in this beer. Hard to get through to the rest. There is a set funk underneath, and some light fruit flavours. Overall, the cedar is too strong for me.

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Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled July 2014.

A - Pretty light cloudy golden apricot with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice (it is growing not fading so I'm glad I used a big glass) and there is plenty of lacing (understatement).

S - A nice tart funk from the Brett with plenty of cedar wood, yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy, lemon scents complete the nose.

T - Starts off with a funky and cedar wood flavor with a lemon and tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some light spiced hops to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Excellent Saison by JK and it reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier, but with cedar.

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Photo of Beermanic
1.74/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Best by April 29 2015 stamped on the bottom of the can.

A: Straw color, lots of bubbles.

S: Not very pleasant in my opinion, little horse blanket, slight diaper, woody.

T: Over carbonation is the first thing I notice, slight acidic, lots of cedar very little beer flavor

M: Overtly carbonated.

O: Couldn't finish the taster I had, another strike out from Jester King. Will age the other I bought and trade in a year or so.

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Photo of SebD
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick frothy white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, pine, faint grass, cedar, Brett and some definite funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite citrus and lemon notes upfront, some piney/grassy undertones, subtle notes of cedar witch blends very well with the rest, Brett and some barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is a wonderful beer. This is my first time having a beer from Jester King and it surely won't be my last. ISO anything Jester King!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a freshly cut white grapefruit follow by walking into a well stocked humidor. The taste is grapefruit from juice to rind to pith. Only a hint of cedar on the finish. A real winner. So much flavor in perfect balance.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful in the glass, a nice hazy shiny pure golden colour, with a hug, fluffy white head. Nice retention and tons of lacing.
Smells just like it looks, a rich enchanting fruity hoppiness, with lots of tangerine, apricot, pineapple, mango, pomelo, with some nice tart cider apples and yellow cherries. The Brett yeasts (+cedar) really hit if you let it settle a bit, with a rather unique kind of funk, lots of white and pink pepper, old white wine barrel stave, twigs, with a rich herbal-floral note, mostly lavender and lemongrass.
As complex as the smell was, the taste is even more. This is just stupid! The start is a big blossomed hop cone punch, piney, floral, bitter, on top of which the farmhouse yeasts bring their own show, with moldy wood, lots of pepper, dried grass and green hay, big crunchy herbal notes, hinting at moth balls (just to sum it up). There's also some lactic acidity, with a light tartness. The cedar spirals bring a different type of woody finish than the usual oak, with a stronger, somewhat fresher stave note, more tannic and i think it also pumped up the bitterness.
There's lots of bitter citrus peel in the taste, but some nice sweet (!) tropical notes show up only in the aftertaste. Bitterness, cedar and a mellow Brett feel also, slowly fading away. Medium body, smooth carbonation, a chewy kind of beer.
This was something else. I can definitely understand why the farmhouse/wild ales are on such a roll. Big complex monster, but not too rough, hugely refreshing. And i'm sure there are plenty more out there for me this summer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber. Head white, medium bubble. The smell of citrus, mandarin, hops, grass. The taste is fruity, citrus, including tangerines, oranges. There is also a feeling like hay or dry grass, maybe a little dust, perhaps this is the cider, I do not know. Bitterness in El Cedro is not too high and not insistent. 8% alcohol is not perceptible to the taste. Very drinkable beer and light.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This held true to the description. So much cedar. It was like I was in our cedar closet that we had when I was a kid. Should rename is No Moths. One of those beers that I'm glad I tried, but 4 oz was more than plenty.

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